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A Neurosurgeon’s Lesson on Love, Loss, and Compassion with Joseph Stern, MD

June 26, 2024

No one would argue that the training to become a neurosurgeon lacks clinical rigor. Many long intense years go into a Board certification. Neurosurgery education is never really accomplished. Sometimes the most powerful and ultimately useful lessons come from unexpected people and events. That was the case with Joseph “Jody” Stern, MD . Stern is a neurosurgeon specializing in complex spine and brain surgery. He has been in practice for more than 25 years and is a partner in the largest neurosurgical group practice in the country — Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates. The deaths of his sister and brother-in-law — and the experience of working with their healthcare teams — brought a new perspective to his work with patients, inspiring him to write Grief Connects Us.

In his exceptionally thought-provoking and moving memoir, Grief Connects Us: A Neurosurgeon’s Lessons on Love, Loss, and Compassion , Joseph Stern, MD, grapples with grief and loss as he searches for compassion in a field notorious for neutrality.

Hear Stern’s interview on how he became a better physician.

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